The People’s National Congress Reform has learnt of the death of Mrs. Janet Jagan, a leading member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Central Executive Committee, Former President and a long standing Journalist and Editor. The Party extends its sympathy to Mrs. Jagan’s children, Joey and Nadira, the relatives, friends and other leaders and members of the PPP.

Mrs. Jagan played an important role in shaping the early political culture of the nation, helped to push the issue of women rights and liberation to the top of the national agenda and was a fighter for Independence. As a Minister, she made her mark in the field of Health, Housing and Home Affairs. As a Legislator, she was a Senator and member of the Legislative Assembly. Mrs. Jagan made an important contribution to our national development.

Mrs. Jagan was also known for her interest in literary and artistic matters. She wrote several books for children. This interest ensured that she played a part in the development of Castellani House, as a focal point for the artistic endeavours of our citizens. Equally, it is well known that Mrs. Jagan had an abiding interest in the collection of documents, manuscripts and photographs relevant to the history of Guyana.

As a Journalist, Mrs. Jagan was known for her hard-hitting articles. She was ill in her later years but used her pen to oppose her own Party when she thought that, the withdrawal of advertisements from the Stabroek News was wrong. Mrs. Jagan was instrumental in the founding of the “Thunder”, which became the Party’s theoretical organ, and later, as its Editor, the “Mirror” newspaper.

The death of Mrs. Jagan represents the passing of an era. She was the last, but one, of the original founding members of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the precursor to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).

Once again the Party extends its condolences.

May her soul rest in peace.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Saturday, March 28, 2009